[ql06] CRIME: Big time investigation in Germany

  • From: "Kenneth Campbell [QL06]" <2kc16@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 07:44:57 -0500

Man Accused of Stealing .25 Cents of Power

BERLIN (AP) - German prosecutors said Thursday they are investigating a
student for stealing electricity after he plugged his laptop into a
train station electrical socket and used 0.2 euro cents, or a quarter of
a U.S. cent's worth of power.

The 23-year-old man, whose identity wasn't released, was seen by police
officers connecting the computer at the station in the central city of
Kassel late one evening last November. Suspecting that he had stolen the
laptop, officers arrested him after he boarded a tram outside.

He proved the computer was his own, but prosecutors still opened an
investigation on suspicion of "removing electrical energy."

"The officers had no choice. They must investigate if there is suspicion
of an offense," said Kassel prosecutor Manfred Jung. "However, these
proceedings will most certainly be stopped."

2004-02-26     14:11:06 GMT

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